Poll results HIGHLIGHTS | BJP suppresses Congress resistance in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

The Bharatiya Janata Party secured victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, with the final vote count for a few seats in Himachal yet to be declared by the Election Commission.

Published: 18th December 2017 08:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2017 01:00 AM   |  A+A-

BJP workers erupt in celebration on Monday. (PTI)

By Online Desk

After a heated battle with the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party has secured victory in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.

In Gujarat, the BJP won 99 seats, Congress 77 seats, whereas one seat was won by NCP. Bhartiya Tribal Party and the Independent won two and three seats respectively.

In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP won 44 seats, Congress 21 seats, Communist Party of India (Marxist) one seat and Independent candidates have won two seats.

GUJARAT, HIMACHAL PRADESH ASSEMBLY ELECTION RESULTS UPDATES:

  • The BJP continued their winning streak while anti-incumbency has yet again failed to attract majority in both states.

  • Counting of votes ends in Himachal Pradesh. BJP wins 44 seats, Congress 21 seats, Communist Party of India (Marxist) one seat and Independent candidates have won two seats.

  • Results declared for all the 182 seats in Gujarat - BJP wins 99 seats, Congress wins 77, 1 seat won by NCP. Bhartiya Tribal Party and Independent wins 2 and 3 seats respectively.

  • As mandated by Election Commission, VVPAT counting was carried out at one randomly selected polling station per constituency during counting of votes for Gujarat elections. There was no mismatch between EVMs count and VVPAT slip count in all 182 polling stations, said BB Swain, CEO, Gujarat

  • Congress leader and Himachal Pradesh's outgoing chief minister Virbhadra Singh won the Arki Assembly seat in Solan, defeating Rattan Singh Pal of the BJP.

  • Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said today as trends showed that the BJP was inching towards victory in the two states.

    Gujarat election results are historic. In this day and age, for a party
    to keep winning for so long: PM Narendra Modi. (ANI)
  • Rajinder Rana, Congress candidate who won in Sujanpur against BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal says the verdict is a symbol of people's confidence in Congress. He added that he is thankful that they made him victorious.

"We have never stepped back from serving people in Sujanpur &
we will always serve them", said Rana.
  • "I would like to give credit for this victory to the people of Gujarat, also give assurance that in the coming 5 years BJP will work towards what the people of the state want" says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.
    Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani flashes victory sign
    as BJP leads in Gujarat Polls
  • Personal loss is not of much importance.The gain that victory has brought to state BJP is important. Thankful to people of the state for voting for BJP. In politics, sometimes one wins, sometimes one loses. I was not expecting to lose, I will do an analysis: PK Dhumal on Himachal Pradesh polls.

    BJP CM candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal
  • My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage, tweets Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

  • Congress leader Paresh Dhanani retains the Amreli assembly constituency by defeating his nearest rival Bavkubhai Undhad of the BJP by a margin of 12,029 seats.

  • We are confident that when we go into 2019 elections under the leadership of PM Modi we will once again get people's support and Modi ji's aim for the youth in 2022 will become a reality, says BJP President Amit Shah.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today retained the Rajkot West seat by defeating Congress candidate Indranil Rajyaguru.

  • There has been tampering in EVMs in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, hence the gap is very less wherever tampering happened. EVMs are hackable, says Patidar leader Hardik Patel.

  • "I express my gratitude to the people of Vadgam for all their support. Now I will raise the voice of Gujarat's discriminated sections in the assembly," says  Jignesh Mevani who is leading by 19696 votes from Vadgam.

  • Congress leaders said the party's improved electoral performance in Gujarat was the result of their new chief Rahul Gandhi's effective leadership.

  • Gujarat Minister Chimanbhai Sapariya trailing from Jamjodhpur to Congress's Chiragbhai Kalariya.

  • Himachal election: BJP's candidate Suresh Bhardwaj defeats Independent Harish Janartha in Shimla seat by 1,903 votes while in Anni, BJP's Kishori Lal beats Congress' Paras Ram 5,983 votes.

  • Gujarat election: In a boost for Congress, Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani wins from Vadgam constituency, defeating BJP's nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes. 

Jignesh Mevani (File photo by EPS)
  • Gujarat election: Congress' Arjun Modhwadiya loses from Porbandar to BJP's Babubhai Bokhiriya by 1855 votes. 

  • EC Official trends | Gujarat leading: BJP - 105, Congress - 69, Bhartiya Tribal Party - 2, NCP - 1 and Independent candidates - 4.

  • Congress' Arjun Modhwadia trailing by 1800 votes from Gujarat's Porbandar.

  • Congress wins Kasumpti seat in Himachal Pradesh with its candidate Anirudh Singh defeating BJP's Vijay Jyoti by a margin of 9,397 votes. [READ MORE]

  • EC Official trends for Gujarat elections | BJP - 101, Congress - 74, Bhartiya Tribal Party - 2, NCP-  1, others - 3.

  • BJP celebrates at the party office in Bhopal as trends indicate BJP's victory in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

  • After initially trailing in his Rajkot West constituency, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is now leading by more than 21,000 votes.

  • EC official trends | Gujarat leading: BJP - 98, Congress - 73, others - 5

  • EC official trends | Himachal leading: BJP - 39 Congress - 23, other - 2 

  • Independent candidate Jignesh Mevani leading by 10785 in Vadgam in Gujarat.

  • Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is now leading in his Rajkot West constituency by 7600 votes at the end of the third round.

  •  Election Commission official trends for Gujarat at 9.50 AM: BJP leads 78, Congress leads 64

  • Election Commission official trends for Himachal at 9.50 AM: BJP leads 32, Congress leads 21, CPI-M leads 1, Independents leads 2.

  • Key Indian equity indices on Monday plunged 561.42 points as soon as it opened as counting trends in the Gujarat Assembly elections showed the Congress giving a tough fight to the ruling BJP.

  • Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel trailing from Mehsana.

  • Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani is trailing by 800 votes from Rajkot west.

  • According to Election Commission official trends, Congress is leading in 21 seats while BJP is leading in 24 seats in Gujarat.

  • EC official trends say Congress leads in 4 seats while BJP is leading in 3 seats with CPI-M taking the lead in 1 seat in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Early trends show BJP leading in more than 80 seats in Gujarat. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain says, "We are going to form a government in Gujarat. People have voted for us on development issues." 

  • Election Commission officials indicate shortly after vote count began at 8 a.m. that Bharatiya Janata Party candidates are ahead in 14 seats while the Congress has forged ahead in two seats.

  • Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti says all arrangements have been made in Gujarat by Chief Electoral officer of the state, at all places in counting halls for the state assembly elections. Responding to opposition charges of EVM tampering, Joti assures that there can be no tampering with the EVM. [READ MORE]

    Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti (Twitter Photo | ANI)
  • Surat police commissioner Satish Kumar Sharma says tight security arrangements have been made and police personnel have been adequately stationed across the region.

  • Counting of votes begin at 8 AM.

In Gujarat, the elections for 182 assembly seats happened in two phases on December 9 and 14 while the elections for the 68 assembly seats of Himachal Pradesh took place on November 9.

Prime Minister Modi led the campaign for the BJP, while Rahul Gandhi was the pivot of the Congress' electioneering.

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